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Expert-Level Tips for Plating a Seafood Platter

Expert-Level Tips for Plating a Seafood Platter

Even so, you can still practice your culinary skills and experiment with plating your next seafood platter!

Holiday get-togethers are bound to look a little different this year. Sure, Thanksgiving might have been a rousing success even if it had to be socially-distanced. We all hoped that by the time Christmas came, we’d be back to business as usual in restaurants and in planning delightful dinner parties. Well, the latest Coronavirus surges have taken those fun experiences off the table, so to speak. Even so, you can still practice your culinary skills and experiment with plating your next seafood platter! 

Use More Color: A Festival of Food  

Ideally, you can combine up to five different colors of food. By doing this, you are following the Japanese principle of Bento. However, since this technique can be difficult for first-timers, maybe trying lowering the expectations of plating your seafood. Three colors is a decent benchmark; brown, green, red, purple, and orange can help you stitch together a technicolor tapestry that excites the eyes before the tastebuds even enter the equation.

Get in Full Gear with Glorious Garnishes

Because garnishes are considered the finishing touch, they can be easy to forget about when it comes to food presentation. Fresh herbs and edible flowers can be surprisingly empowering – ricotta cheese, mint, blueberries, strawberries, and basil all help – but don’t add anything inedible for the sake of variety!

Stand Out from All the Rest 

One of the most popular trends in upscale dining is to unlock the secret of stacking. In this case, the element of elevation is your friend, not your enemy. Crab cakes, steak filets, and slivers of salmon can all be served this way – and it works for sides, appetizers, and desserts as well! 

Build Your Next Seafood Platter with Us! 

Here at your seafood destination, we are always striving to help you serve up the next round of deliciousness. Whether you’d like to take advantage of our convenient curbside pickup offerings or opt for easy delivery right to your doorstep – our crab cakes, menu items, and fun merchandise are all at your fingertips when you order online. Oh, don’t forget! We have a Thursday night lobster special for your dining pleasure. It is a 1 ¼ pound whole Maine lobster listed under our Daily Specials page! 


Costas Inn has been a Baltimore tradition since 1971. You may recognize our restaurant, which was recently featured on the Food Network with Michael Symon on Burgers, Brew, and ‘Que! We were also voted the 2015 #1 Baltimore Seafood Restaurant by USA Today, as well as #1 Crab Restaurant 2014 in the Baltimore Business Journal. You may have also spotted Costas Inn during one of our 9 appearances on the Today Show or heard one of our many interviews on WJZ TV Channel 13 with Ron Matz and Marty Bass.

You can enjoy our famous crab cakes in-house or order them online for any time eating. We also provide some of the best seafood catering in the Baltimore area! You can also get your fill from Costas even when you’re not in our dining room: follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube!

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Costas Inn
5 stars - based on 699 reviews
4100 Northpoint Blvd. Baltimore , Maryland
410-477-1975 URL of Map Categories: Seafood Price Range: $$ Takes Reservations: yes
Costas Inn
5 stars - based on 695 reviews
4100 North Point Boulevard Baltimore , Maryland 21222
(410) 477-1975 URL of Map Categories: Seafood & Crabs Price Range: $$ Takes Reservations: yes